Eugene Katchalov wins Bluff Player of the Year, ElkY second

teampro-thumb.JPGWhen Eugene Katchalov looks back on his poker career, he will be hard-pressed to find a year better than 2011. It was the year he became a Team PokerStars Pro. It was the year he won his first WOSP bracelet. It was a close second for his highest-earning year.

As the calendar turned from December to January, the man who started his year with a PCA Super High Roller win and ended it with a cash at EPT Prague found himself with one more honor to go with his $2.5 million in 2011 winnings: the Bluff Player of the Year award.

The year 2011 saw Katchalov perform like few can. He put up 13 cashes, seven final tables, and two first place finishes, one of which was that WSOP bracelet. All the while, he was being pushed by fellow Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier who finished second in the Bluff rankings. When the year was up, Katchalov's 1089.28 points were enough to hold the top spot over ElkY's 1,071.67-point second place performance.

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Eugene Katchalov, all smiles

Katcholov shined in in a wide range of disciplines and has proven himself to be one of the game's most successful and well-rounded players. This year, he crested the $7 million mark in live tournament winnings. Here's a breakdown of how he earned his title this year.

  • PCA Super High Roller--$1.5 million
  • 2011 PCA main event--$28,000
  • 2011 PCA PCA Six Max High Roller--$131,920
  • NBC Heads-Up Championship --$30,000
  • NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout--$68,000
  • EPT Season 7 Grand Final--$51,948
  • 2011 WSOP Seven Card Stud--$122,909
  • 2011 WSOP $2,500 8-Game--$5,740
  • 2011 WSOP Limit Hold'em Shootout--$50,993
  • Epic Poker League main event--$70,960
  • EPT Barcelona main event--$453,812
  • EPT Loutraki side event--$49,915
  • EPT Prague main event--$8,529
  • Congratulations to Eugene Katchalov on an astounding 2011. We look forward to seeing what kind of performance you'll put up this week at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in Team PokerStars Pro